This year’s Apple Watch Ultra will purportedly be lighter than the current model

This year’s Apple Watch Ultra update will be lighter than the current model, according to a rumor posted on Chinese social media site Weibo (as noted by MacRumors).

The current model weighs 61.3 grams compared to the 32 grams of the 41mm aluminum Apple Watch Series 8. However, a seemingly conflicting rumor claims that an even bigger Apple Watch Ultra may arrive next year. 

The current Ultra has a 1.93-inch display, while the 2024 version will be 10% larger with a 50mm case size per the report, according to DigiTimes.

Also regarding the Apple Watch Ultra, plans for an Apple Watch Ultra sporting a microLED display have been delayed from 2025 until 2026, according to TrendForce (as noted by the Japanese site The Elec).

The first Apple Watch with a micro-LED display was initially expected to debut in spring 2025, according to information tweeted by display analyst Ross Young. He predicted that a microLED Apple Watch would launch in spring 2025. Young said production on the panels for the smartwatch update will begin at the end of 2024.

Earlier this year, tech analyst Jeff Pu also predicted such an Apple Watch update. He said the high-end smartwatch — which would almost certainly be a next gen Apple Watch Ultra — would likely adopt a larger 2.1-inch microLED display measured diagonally. This would allow for increased brightness compared to current Apple Watch models with OLED displays.

Apple has asked its suppliers to develop “bezelless” OLED display panels for future iPhone models, The Elec reports.

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